Winter storm to hit eastern Idaho this weekend


Another winter storm was on the way to the region.

It's only the fourth time the area has seen six inches of snow since 1991.

Residents of the Northwest are dealing with a heavy snowfall, and meteorologists say more is likely on the way.

"Everyone in our state needs to focus on preparing for the snow and staying safe", Inslee said in a statement.

Residents of the Pacific Northwest took to neighborhood hills with skis, sleds or even just laundry baskets Saturday to celebrate an unusual dump of snow in a region more accustomed to winter rain. "Weather forecasters predict this may be a storm unlike one we've seen in many years".

More central areas of Washington state have been inundated with snow drifts of up to 3-4ft (1m-1.2m) in places, the Associated Press reports.

"This is a ideal morning to bundle up and play in the snow, but stay off the roads if possible", Gov. Jay Inslee wrote on Twitter.

Around 180 people spent the night in an emergency shelter set up in Seattle Center and officials on Saturday went out to get homeless residents to safety.

Mike Jacobs tweeted that since supermarkets were out of kale thanks to "tiny fluffy balls of icy death", he was going to stay home and guard his supply. The wind gusts could reach anywhere from 20-30 miles per hour in the Seattle area, while the northern Puget Sound and Olympics region could see gusts of 60 miles per hour.

Up to 7 feet (2 meters) of snow had trapped the guests and staff beginning Sunday at Montecito Sequoia Lodge in Kings Canyon National Park, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Alicia Embrey said.

Palmer agrees with Mass on next week's possible storm, calling for a "potentially significant" snow storm Monday afternoon through Tuesday, with "major accumulation". The possibility of rain before temperatures go below freezing means pre-treating roads would be ineffective, since salt would be washed away.

Seattle's high is forecast for 35 degrees Fahrenheit with the normal high 49 degrees, CNN's Brink said.

Earlier this week, about half a foot of snow hit some area of Seattle from an earlier snowstorm.